Canterbury Heritage Museum

canterbury heritage museum
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Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.

Includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson's original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.

Around the museum are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families - you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children's programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily's shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!

Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.

Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.

Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.

Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese.

Canterbury Heritage Museum currently houses some of the art collection from the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, which is presently closed for redevelopment.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday 5th January - Friday 13th February: Closed
Saturday 14th February - Sunday 22nd February: Open daily 11-5pm
Monday 23rd February - Tuesday 24th March: Closed
Wednesday 25th March - Sunday 27th September: Open Wednesday - Sunday only 11-5pm
Monday 28th September - Friday 18th December: Closed
Saturday 19th December - Sunday 3rd January: Open Daily 11am - 5pm

Admission charges

Adults £8.00
Discounts £6.00
Children free to a maximum of two children per paying adult

Group tickets available

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Canterbury West station.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Film and Media, Land Transport, Literature, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Medieval Canterbury Discovery Gallery
  • Christopher Marlowe whodunnit display
  • Wartime Blitz experience
  • Joseph Conrad Gallery
  • Bagpuss and Clangers display
  • Rupert Bear Museum / Mary Tourtel
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Litte Ruperts

http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/buildpage.php?id=1293

Come along for storytelling, singing and art activities for children aged 0-5 years with Rupert, Bagpuss and friends. Materials and refreshments are provided.

How to obtain

Sessions cost £2 per child with the accompanying adult free.

Getting there

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Canterbury West station.

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2NR
England

Website

www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/heritage-museum/

E-mail

museums@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

01227 475202

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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